Earlier this month, the GAO sustained two protests filed by Latvian Connection LLC–one on a State Department procurement and one on a Department of Interior procurement–because Latvian Connection’s FedBid usage had been suspended. The GAO held that this was improper because the matter had not been referred to the SBA under the SBA’s Certificate of Competency program.
Yesterday, I appeared on In Depth With Francis Rose to discuss the Latvian Connection cases. Please follow this link to listen to the audio of my interview, and don’t forget to tune in to Federal News Radio every weekday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. for Francis’s top-notch show.
I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to the Des Moines area, where I participated in the Iowa Vendor Conference. My conference presentation focused on prime/subcontractor teaming on federal set-aside contracts.
Many thanks to Pam Russenberger, Jodi Essex, Beth White, Julie Fagle, and the rest of the Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Program Team for sponsoring this great event. And a big “thank you” to all of the contractors and industry professionals who attended my presentation, asked great questions, and (mostly) didn’t boo when I happened to bring up the glorious results of the previous night’s basketball game.
If you are in Iowa but weren’t able to make it to the Iowa Vendor Conference, I will be back in the area for the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium in June. I hope to see you there!
If you are a regular SmallGovCon reader, you might notice a few small changes on our blog–those dealing with our contact information. I am pleased to announce the formation of Koprince Law LLC, which officially opens its doors for business on Monday, March 30, 2015. At Koprince Law, we will focus our practice exclusively on providing comprehensive legal solutions to federal government contractors.
Some longtime readers have asked whether SmallGovCon is moving with me to Koprince Law. Yes! We will continue to regularly update readers on government contracting news and notes right here at www.smallgovcon.com. My SmallGovCon co-author, Amanda Wilwert, will join me at Koprince Law and will continue to blog regularly, as well.
My new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone number is (785) 200-8919. Please feel free to write or call if you have any questions about Koprince Law. And as always, thank you for reading.
I am on my way home from Denver, where I have been since Tuesday for the Association of Procurement Assistance Centers Spring Conference. My talk today was the final presentation of the conference (I like to think that APTAC saves the best for last!) and focused on recent SBA proposals regarding the limitations on subcontracting, “universal” mentor-protege, and women-owned small businesses, among other topics.
It was great to see so many familiar faces and have the chance to talk to so many PTAC counselors. Thank you to Becky Peterson, Jason Porch, and the APTAC leadership for inviting me to speak, and thank you to all the PTAC-ers who stayed until the end of the conference to catch my presentation. As always, you were a fantastic audience.
If you are a small business, you may be surprised at the many ways that your local PTAC can help you–usually free of charge. Visit the APTAC website to get started.
I am at the tail end of a great visit to the Pacific Northwest, where I spoke yesterday at the Alliance Northwest procurement conference. My presentation focused on the many recent legal changes (and proposed changes) affecting small contractors, including SBA proposals on the limitations on subcontracting and a new “universal” SBA mentor-protege program.
Many thanks to the organizers of this wonderful event, which gets bigger and better every year. Special thanks to Tiffany Scroggs, Stephanie Scott, Traci Hansen and their colleagues at the Washington PTAC for all of their hard work on the conference, and a big thank you to Ashley Coronado of the Washington PTAC for facilitating my session (including flawless pronunciation of “Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird.”) And of course, a big “thank you” to everyone who attended my presentation and stopped by to visit on the trade show floor.
It’s a year away, but I certainly plan to be back in Washington next year for the 2016 Alliance Northwest event. In the meantime, if you weren’t able to attend this year, I would be happy to send you my slides–please just contact me.
Although it doesn’t feel like it yet, spring is on the way. For me, that means that it’s almost time to hit the road for some government contracts conferences and industry events.
This spring, my travels will take me to Washington State, Colorado, and Iowa for events I am really looking forward to attending.
I am back in the Midwest after traveling to Atlanta last week for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement. This annual event was everything it was cracked up to be, featuring an incredible array of government officials, veteran-owned businesses, large prime contractors, and industry leaders.
Thank you to everyone who attended my learning session on GAO bid protests–you were a very engaged audience. Thank you, as well, to the organizers of the event, who assembled an outstanding variety of sessions and kept everything running very smoothly.
Thanks also to all of my veteran-owned clients and contacts who attended from all over the country. It was good to see so many familiar faces, and in some cases to put faces to names for the first time. And most importantly, for all the veterans who attended (and those who were unable to do so this year), thank you for your service to our country.